I posted this to inspire. My sister is a beginner at quilting, heading rapidly towards experienced ! I love her colour sense. Isn't it pretty?. Also, check out the cool free motion quilting!
This wall hanging is on a wall in her home. She loves turquoise so this is evident but she also added pops of brights and neutrals and the composition is awesome!
Thanks for sharing Alison!
First of all to my blog followers, I apologize! I have been so busy with events (trunk shows), samples and teaching that my blog has been hit by a writers block!
The block consisted of time spent elsewhere (not literal writers block).
I thought today, I would show you a shameless photo montage of what I have been up to so that you understand my predicament an inability to post!!!
Recently, I have pieced and custom quilted one large quilt (photo not available sorry :( Top Secret!). I also custom quilted another, see a picture of one of the custom quilted second quilt below (Carpenters Star) lovingly pieced by my customer Teresa:
Also, I designed, pieced and quilted 2 baby quilts and wrote up the pattern "Featuring Baby". The pattern is available here. See pics below:
I just completed custom quilting a "Featuring Baby Quilt" completed by a good friend of mine Joan. She did a fantastic job of selecting fabrics and sewing up the quilt top. See a photo of the quilt she completed below:
I showed my quilts in a Trunk Show at The Waterloo County Quilters Guild March 15th
I was also recently involved in testing Westalee Rulers for Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie and spent some time understanding and working with them. I made a sampler quilt with the rulers and combined my own free motion designs. This culminated in a Trunk Show of all my work, a "Free Motion Quilting Extravaganza" and demo of the Westalee Rulers. The staff and customers there are fantastic and an enthusiastic quilting community!
These rulers are great tools for domestic machine quilters! Available now at Hummingird Sewing in Barrie, Ontario. Pop into the store and you will see my Westalee sampler quilt. See Photos of the event below:
I also just recently (last week) completed a new teaching sample for my free motion class. It is a table runner with different free motion quilting designs in each block. It is currently on display at Hummingbird Sewing.
See the photos of the front and back of the runner below:
Need a teacher to teach free motion quilting for your group or event? Feel free to contact me here
Recent stitching group day in my loft studio!
We attempted to make woven fabric baskets! See photos below:
My project will have to be posted at a later date once it is done - It is a WIP, Work in Progress!
And.... in addition to the 10 hot pads I made for a ladies group I belong to - see below:
I had to make 6 more!!! See below:
Download the free maple leaf appliqué only pattern here
Oh yah, I almost forgot, I also polished up one of my patterns this month to be published soon in a magazine......!!!
Exciting news for me and you will have to check back often to see what this is all about!!
March is almost done and let me tell you it was an ambitious, crazy, fast paced, hard working March for sure!
Don't get me wrong, I love what I do but..... now that I have all this work out of the way, I hope to post more info on my blog and explore some new projects.
Stay tuned and enjoy your spring days! 😊🌱
I have been busy with many other projects lately (see a review and pics of these tomorrow) thus...the Ombre Project was on hold.
I am happy to say that I finally had a chance to complete another strip set. See a picture of it below:
This was fun to use my fabric and make some new fabric with them! So colourful, pretty and like a new box of crayons just waiting to be played with.
I am done making strip sets now and it is time to design a quilt.
I can't wait because this will be a fun process too.
This is what I know about my design process at this stage:
1) It must be modern 2) It must allow for a lot of quilting space (for the free motion quilting passionate like me!) 3) It must be interesting to look at and 4) I hope to inspire others to want to make it too!
Stay Tuned ...... I see a quilt/quilts or new projects coming soon!
🐢 Turtles are slow but they get there eventually!
Oh yes they work beautifully but... you should use either "Crayola" or "Prang" crayons.
Why?... because of the intensity of colour and saturation. I have tried cheaper brands and they don't work as well. I promised some recent trunk show attendees that I would post what I use.
Please see photos and links to acquire these below:
See a previous blog post here about how to use the above crayons in an appliqué project.
If you are wondering what I am doing about my "Ombre" project , please don't worry it is a "WIP" right now ... work in progress!
Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the Sunshine!! ??
Have a look at these green(ish) quilts to make for St Patricks Day!
All from www.craftsy.com/blog
Click on the picture below to see more beautiful quilts.
Now that our snow storm is over and the sun is shining on you, may the luck of the Irish be with you always!
Happy St Patricks' Day!
Need to make many "make ahead gifts" for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations? It's coming fast and furious this July 1- don't let the snow here is Canada fool you! Time has a crazy way of getting away from us.
This is a quick idea, a heat resistant pot holder. Tie on an authentically Canadian recipe, add food, decorations and activities and your party is planned!
I made these 10 pot holders for an upcoming ladies event I will be attending where we will be entertaining another group of ladies and the theme is Canada Day. The pot holders will be their take away gift. There is a free PDF download of the maple leaf appliqué available here.
To make the pot holders:
1. Cut a piece of backing fabric, Insul-Bright and front fabric - 9 x 9",
Cut one strip of binding fabric 2 1/2" x width of fabric
What is Insul-Bright?
Insul~Bright is a needle-punched, insulated material ideal for crafters. ... The needled material is breathable and won't break down with washing. The polyester fibers resist conduction while the reflective metalized polyester film reflects radiant energy, hot or cold, back to its source.
I know I have talked about this product before (ad nauseum!) but it is wonderful for use on pot holders, trivets, oven mitts etc. Anything where you need to protect your hands from heat. It is also relatively inexpensive and quilts just like quilt batting. I would never be without it!
If you follow my blog, this is what I used for my double ended oven mitts.
See what it looks like below:
2. Download my free maple leaf appliqué here or get it by clicking on the
"shop" in the menu above and look for free PDF patterns. Appliqué this with your method of choice to the front right side of your pot holder.
3. Sandwich all 3 layers together as cut, baste and quilt (mine are just wavy lines).
4. Add a binding and I added a loop with 6" of extra binding fabric (folded in 1/2) and integrated into one corner.
5. Attach a "Canadian" recipe with curling ribbon to the loop and you have a unisex gift ready! (Or make a Canadian Apron for those Macho men!)
I hope you enjoyed this wee tutorial!
Send in pics of your Canada gift ideas, July is coming (we hope after this Noreaster we are about to experience) and I will be happy to post and share!!
Happy Tuesday! 🍁
Falling in love with a colour is easy. Picking your favorite shade, on the other hand, can be difficult — which is why we love ombre! Or at least why I love it!! This hot color trend has a restful, happy affect on the eye. Colours are not busy, colours appear to glow and the colours appear modern!
Check out the picture of the room below- NOT a quilt however it could be! What a lovely way to decorate a room with an ombre affect and art work. This photo is by Melanie Acevedo, from the book "Undecorate." So beautiful and I believe it really looks modern.
Check out my most recent yellow/gold ombre strip set below, I have 4 sewn together, one more next week and then I start working on modern project (s) with these strip sets. Stay tuned and check back to see what I will be working on. :)
Don't forget to use a colour tool if you try to ombre your stash and recommended is the 3-in-1 Color Tool by Joen Wolfrom available below.
An absolute necessity with the two green and red value finders included in this tool!
Get free ombre quilt patterns here !
Happy Tuesday! Use up your stash with Ombre strips!! ?
I have been very busy these days making of Roman Shades. Five of them to be exact. Two for a friend and 3 for my new quilting studio, I think I have now perfected roman shade making! I am also testing the Westalee Rulers (domestic free motion rulers) for a quilt shop in Barrie, making a sampler for them, doing custom long arm quilting, getting ready for upcoming trunk shows, teaching, some magazine work and more! Phew!!
I have not forgotten my ombre project and completed another strip set for upcoming projects (which I will share I promise!!).
See the purple ombre strip set below:
While you are waiting for me to show you what I am doing with my Ombre fabric check out a great blog post about ombre quilting patterns called Ombré Quilt Patterns That’ll Never Go Out of Style. Click here to have a look at some great ideas
Also, below is a quilt featured in the blog post on Craftsy from Castilleja Cotton. Isn't it gorgeous!! So one idea for ombre fabric use .... make it Bargello.
Just some inspiration for a chilly Thursday in March!
Sorry I am behind on my posting. I will be sure to make it up to my viewers in the coming weeks after my workload settles down!!
Happy Thursday and stay warm, spring will get here eventually 😍
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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